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July 23, 2013
Beat the heat at the fair as temperatures rise this week

By Brittany Torrez

As temperatures continue into the mid-to-high 90s this week, fairgoers should take care to stay hydrated and cool off throughout the day.

Here are some tips on staying cool at the State Fair:

1. Water -- Stay hydrated and save money by bringing paper and plastic containers of non-alcoholic beverages into the fair.

2. Indoor exhibits -- Browse through the air-conditioned shoppers' expo in Buildings A/B and C/D or look at furry rabbits and guinea pigs in Expo Center Building 6.

Thumbnail image for Frozentreats.jpeg3. Cool treats -- Try some unique frozen fair food--for those adventurous enough to take on the challenge, Colossal Gelato is offering its "Worlds Largest Gelato Cone"--filled with a gallon of gelato--for $15.

Other frozen treats include the maple bacon sundae--complete with bacon bits--and more traditional favorites like fresh squeezed lemonade and frozen bananas.

For other activities, see the daily fair schedule.

June 21, 2013
Natomas Rose Garden gets new fountain in time for party

natomasrose2.jpg Natomas Rose Garden's party will go on - with a new fountain as its centerpiece.

Pottery World in Rocklin donated a new 6-foot ceramic fountain to replace the one destroyed by vandals June 10 at the garden, adjacent to the South Natomas Community Center.

According to volunteer coordinator Marni Leger, the new fountain was dropped off by Ray Sicotte and Don Noyes of Pottery World, shown here with the large fixture. The fountain will be hooked up and in place by June 30, the original date of a planned fountain dedication and garden dance party.

That party appeared in doubt when volunteers discovered the original fountain toppled and an estimated $5,000 in damage to the garden.

But now the party will go on as planned, Leger said. The public is invited to the fountain dedication at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 30, followed by a tango dance with music and instruction led by Michelle Gorre. The event is free, but donations will be welcome.

A popular site for weddings and other celebrations, the all-volunteer Natomas Rose Garden is located at 2921 Truxel Road, Sacramento, next to the South Natomas Library. For more details, click on or call (916) 808-1571.

June 13, 2013
Turlock pageant director featured on 'Toddlers & Tiaras'

CarolFlemming.jpgThrough the haze of glitter, hair spray, fake eyelashes and drama on TLC's "Toddlers & Tiaras," Turlock residents may have spotted a familiar face in Wednesday's episode.

Carol Fleming, director of California Tropic International in Turlock, has been featured in two previous episodes of the show. Wednesday's saga followed three young girls as they prepared to compete in the "California Tropic: Sugar and Spice" beauty pageant in Las Vegas.

Fleming showed off her experience handling juvenile attitudes when she heroically tried to separate feuding parents at the pageant. Verbal and physical altercations are not uncommon in the show, making some critics wonder who is more in need of discipline -- the child contestants or their pouty parents.

New episodes of the show premiere Wednesdays at 9/8c on TLC.

June 11, 2013
What's on your Sacramento bucket list?

By Jack Newsham

For most Sacramento residents, summer means time for vacation. For others, though, it's a time to move on. Between college graduation and hundreds of other factors that draw people to new places, Sacramento is welcoming new residents and saying good-bye to others.

Spurred by this reddit post, we got to thinking: what should every Sac resident do before leaving? What foods have to be tasted, what sights have to be seen, and what experiences can you get here that you can't get anywhere else?

So we're asking you, dear reader: what's on your Sacramento bucket list? Post your answers in the comments and see what others have to say.

June 7, 2013
France designates film festival director Downs as a knight


The French Order of Arts and Lettres has designated Cecile Mouette Downs -- longtime heroine of the Sacramento film community -- as a chevalier, or knight.

The order honored Sacramento French Film Festival founder and executive director Downs, a French native, along with 200 or so other artists and arts organizers in its most recent chevalier class.

San Francisco French Consulate cultural attache Denis Bisson will present a medal to Downs June 21, opening night of the 12th Sacramento French Festival.

June 5, 2013
Access Sacramento names media professor Martin as new director


Access Sacramento has named Gary Martin, chair of Cosumnes River College's radio, TV and film-production department, as its new executive director.

Martin will leave his position at the college to replace retiring Access executive director Ron Cooper, the public access television station's board of directors announced Wednesday. Martin will begin work at Access Sacramento July 1. Cooper will stay on until Aug. 1 to assist with Martin's transition into his new role.

Martin started at Cosumnes River in 1993. Before that, he worked as a newscast producer at News 10 in Sacramento and held other television positions in Phoenix and Reno.

Martin sat on Access' board of directors but requested a leave from the board when the search for a new executive director began last fall, after Cooper announced his plans to retire.


May 30, 2013
Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Shinedown to headline Aftershock

By Morgan Searles

Aftershock PosterOrganizers have revealed the headliners for this year's Aftershock, the second annual Monster Energy-sponsored rock and metal festival that draws fans to Sacramento's Discovery Park, and they include Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Papa Roach, Shinedown and others.

One more headliner has yet to be announced, according to the festival's website.

The festival takes place Sept. 14 and 15. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on June 7. A "Pre-shock Presale" will be available from June 4 to 6.

Two-day general admission passes are $99.50 and single-day passes are $54.50. Two-day VIP passes are $199 and include use of a VIP entrance, a VIP lounge area, seated and standing areas in view of the main stage, a seated area with shade for dining, private restroom facilities and a VIP guest laminate.

A general admission "Revolver" four-pack - or four tickets for both days - is also available for $298 and includes a one-year subscription to Revolver Magazine for one person.

Here's the current line up:

May 30, 2013
French Film Festival to kick off with pop-star biopic 'Cloclo'

"Cloclo," a biopic of the late French pop singer Claude Francois, will open the 12th Sacramento French Film Festival June 21 at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento.

"Cloclo" stars Jeremie Renier (from the excellent 2005 film "L'Enfant") as Francois, who co-wrote the original version of "My Way." The English-language version of that song became Frank Sinatra's signature.

Cloclo was Francois' nickname.

The festival will grow from five to six days this year, running June 21-23 and June 28-30. That second Friday night of programming, on June 28, is new. It will include comedy "Delicacy," (see trailer above) a romantic comedy starring Sacramento French Film Festival favorite Audrey Tautou.

Tautou also stars in closing-night film "Therese," a 1920s-set drama, directed by Claude Miller, in which she plays a woman chafing against her arranged marriage.

For information, see the SFFF website.

May 22, 2013
Free admission to Sacramento museum for active duty military

The Sacramento History Museum will be one of 1,800 Blue Star Museums, which offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Free admission covers the military personnel and up to five family members during regular hours, daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 101 I St., Sacramento. For more information, call the museum, (916) 808-7059 or go to its website.

The Blue Star Museum program is a collaboration of the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and participating museums in all 50 states.

May 22, 2013
Country singer Paul Overstreet and 'Glee' star son Chord headline King's rally


Well, that's a far cry from Cake.

Grammy winning country singer Paul Overstreet and his "Glee" star son Chord will headline Thursday's King's rally at Cesar Chavez Park, an event that will also include performances by local rapper Alex Johnson, Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon and "nationally recognized performance painter" David Garibaldi.

"When my friends from the Kings called and told me about the Long Live The Kings Rally, I couldn't say no," Paul Overstreet said in a statement. "I have a great history in Sacramento, and it's one of my favorite cities to perform. Great fans and, considering the theme of '1985-Forever', I can't wait to play 'Forever and Ever, Amen'. It's going to be an amazing night. Long live the Sacramento Kings!"

Mayor Kevin Johnson had previously announced that Sacramento rock band Cake would play the rally. The band later posted on its Facebook page: "We're not playing that rally. Mayor announced it without even checking with us!"

Thursday's rally, at Cesar Chavez (located at Ninth and I streets), starts at 5 p.m. and is a free. Those unable to attend can watch the event in its entirety on

Photo: Paul Overstreet

May 20, 2013
No Cake for Mayor Johnson at Thursday's Kings rally


When Cake wasn't even mentioned in the press release, it was clear something was up.

Mayor Kevin Johnson had announced Friday that Sacramento rock band Cake would be headlining a rally for the Kings - previously scheduled for Wednesday - at downtown's Cesar Chavez Park. The event would celebrate the Kings' staying in Sacramento and the team's pending sale to new owners.

However, when the Kings put out a press release about a date change for the rally (from Wednesday to Thursday), Cake was a notable omission among big-name attendees, with the release only stating that there would be "a live musical performance."

Our friends at ranSACked have seemingly put the pieces together, suggesting that Johnson may have gotten ahead of himself with Friday's announcement, citing Cake's writing on its Facebook page that the band never agreed to play the gig. From ranSACked:

On their Facebook wall, a CAKE fan asked about the upcoming (Sacramento Kings) gig on a thread discussing public education. CAKE responded with the following: "We're not playing that rally. Mayor announced it without even checking with us!"

And then early-afternoon Monday, Ben Sosenko, press secretary for Johnson, released this statement:

"The members of Cake are absolutely thrilled by this historic win for Sacramento. In the excitement of last week's victory, Cake's participation was announced prior to fully finalizing their availability due to a staff miscommunication. While unable to participate in this week's rally, Cake looks forward to commemorating this special moment with the people of Sacramento in the near future."

So while they won't be at Cesar Chavez, Cake will be playing Sacramento soon, with three sold-out shows scheduled for May 31-June 2 at Folsom Lake College's Three Stages.

Thursday's "Long Live The Kings Rally" - which includes appearances by the Kings new majority owners, Kings players, dancers and mascot - will be held from 5-9 p.m. Thursday. The event is free. Attendees are encouraged to show up wearing Kings gear and to tweet up the event using the hashtag #LLTKRally.

May 16, 2013
'Place Called Sacramento' film project seeking actors, crew

Budding actors and film-production hopefuls on May 22 will get a real shot at joining a production. Access Sacramento's 14th "A Place Called Sacramento" filmmaking program will pair screenwriters with actors and crew members to make 10-minute films that will be shown in October on the big screen of the Crest Theatre.

The 10 screenwriter/producers chosen to make PCS films this year will be introduced at a 6 p.m. "Cast and Crew Call" at Access Sacramento's headquarters at 4623 T St.

The scripts are not necessarily about Sacramento, but each will make reference to the city in some way.

The "Place Called Sacramento" program thus far has yielded 129 completed films. For information, see the Access Sacramento site .

April 4, 2013
Tonight in Davis: Prom, poetry and pink wine

time_.jpgPeople Magazine staff writer Oliver Jones will be at the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis tonight (April 4) for a reading of his essay "The Last Time I Had Zinfandel," part of the book "The Time of My Life: Writers on the Heartbreak, Hormones and Debauchery of the Prom."

Jones, who was written for magazines including Details and Premiere and is a past winner of the Glasscock Poetry Prize, will be joined by poet and UC Davis English and creative writing professor Joe Wenderoth, whose work has been widely anthologized.

Language and topics might be not be suitable for some listeners. Time permitting, there will be a Q&A after the event (an open mic at the gallery begins at 9 p.m.).

John Natsoulas Gallery is located at 521 First St. in Davis. Event starts at 8 p.m.

-- Tim Swanson

March 28, 2013
'Temptation' actor Robbie Jones' special Sacramento screening


Sacramento's Tower Theatre is rolling out the red carpet Thursday night (March 28) for a special screening of Tyler Perry's new movie "Temptation," which stars Cordova High School and UC Berkeley graduate Robbie Jones, who will be in attendance.

In the film, Jones plays Harley, an entrepreneur who has an affair with Judith ("Friday Night Light's" Jurnee Smollett-Bell), a married young woman who works for a matchmaking service.

While Jones' resume includes TV shows such as "90210" and "One Tree Hill" among other projects, "Temptation" marks his highest profile film role to date.

Look for a profile of Jones from The Bee's film critic Carla Meyer in Friday's Ticket section, in which he talks about working with filmmaker Perry as well as the other actors in the movie, including reality-TV star Kim Kardashian and pop-singer Brandy Norwood.

Tonight's 7:30 p.m. special screening at the Tower, hosted by radio station KSFM, is invite only (the station has been giving away tickets to listeners), however "Temptation" opens in Sacramento-area theaters Friday.

-- Tim Swanson

Photo credit: Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Robbie Jones in "Temptation" from Lionsgate Films.

March 4, 2013
Downtown Sacramento 'Concerts in the Park' 2013 schedule announced

Time to bust out the calendar and circle some summer dates.

MAJ CHAVEZ PLAZA.JPGThe Downtown Sacramento Partnership has announced the band lineup for the 2013 Concerts in the Park season in Cesar Chavez Plaza, which runs Friday nights May 3 - July 26 and features notable acts such as Middle Class Rut, Mothers Hips and !!!.

"On the heels of last season's success, we are excited to have a lineup that is even bigger than 2012," said Downtown Sacramento Partnership's senior events manager Annie Stuckert in a release. "We had a nearly 40 percent increase in attendance in 2012. For (Concerts in the Park) 2013, we're taking all the elements that people loved last year and enhancing them."

Concerts, which include DJs spinning music between sets, will run from 5 - 9 p.m.

Check out the full schedule below (good to note that there's no July 5 show because of the July 4 holiday).

February 4, 2013
Eat free pancakes, help a charity

On Tuesday, International House of Pancakes will celebrate National Pancake Day by offering a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes to all customers from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. In return, patrons may make voluntary donations to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and its program at UC Davis Children's Hospital.

Local participating IHOPs are at 2941 Advantage Lane and 2035 Arden Way in Sacramento, and 2525 Iron Point Road in Folsom.

Bee Staff

January 30, 2013
Record store Phono Select to close current store

Phono Select, the boutique midtown Sacramento record store that offers a great selection of vinyl, lost its lease and will be leaving its current building at 2312 K St.

The K Street store will close as of Feb. 11, but the business will reopen eventually, store co-owner Dal Basi wrote via e-mail. Phono Select is eyeing another space, but in the meantime will focus on expanding its Internet business.

Basi encouraged Phono Select fans to keep apprised of what's happening via the the Phono Select website.

Opened in 2010 by longtime professional music buyer Basi and graphic artist and music aficionado Nicholas Lujan, Phono Select was named "best music hangout" in the 2012 "best of" issue of the Sacramento News & Review.

December 11, 2012
K9 calendar raises funds for Sac Sheriff's four-footed partners

Julydog.jpg See the softer side of Sacramento County Sheriff's four-footed force of K9 partners in a new calendar celebrating local dogs.

"Bravery, Unity, Loyalty" is the theme for the 2013 calendar benefiting the Sacramento Sheriff K9 Association. Taken by XSIGHT, the black and white photography features 11 active K9 partners and one retiree.

Money raised by the calendars goes toward the care of current working and retired K9s that serve with Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies.

Mr. December in the calendar, Kaleo was the beneficiary of that fund. Shown cuddling with his former handler's daughter, the dog was forced to retire early after he was diagnosed with cancer.

"We were able to take care of all of Kaleo's medical expenses," said Deputy Shane Gregory. "He's now cancer free."

Gregory has partnered with Ronin, a 5-year-old German Shepherd, for four years. He knows firsthand the risks these dogs take in the line of service.

"Every day, we put these dogs into situations that make our jobs safer, but put them at risk," Gregory said. "They'll do anything we ask without hesitation - that's bravery."

"Handler and dog form a special team," he continued. "It's a bond that few people can understand. That's our unity. And the loyalty each dog has for its handler is unmatched."

A $20 donation, the calendars are available online via the association's website, Or pick up a calendar at: Sheldon Feed and Supply, 8928 Grant Line Road, Elk Grove; VCA Sacramento Animal Medical Group, 4990 Manzanita Ave., Carmichael; and Sunset Animal Medical Center, 7751 Sunset Ave., Fair Oaks.decemberdog.jpg

November 21, 2012
Victims of domestic violence tell their stories in new exhibit

Every Fourth Woman, a domestic-violence survivors union, wants to help educate the public about one of the nation's most debilitating crimes against women.

To that end, the exhibit "Creating Freedom: The Art and Poetry of Domestic Violence Survivors" will be at the the California Museum from now through Dec. 24.

The exhibit features 29 poems and 42 works of art, including photography, collage, installations and oil paintings by 46 California domestic-violence survivors of every demographic and ethnic group.

"This exhibit is in some ways an SOS from domestic-violence survivors ourselves, because no one else has been willing to tell our story," said project organizer Diana Bilovsky.

The California Museum is at 1020 O St., Sacramento. For more information: (916) 653-7524, (click on "Short Term Exhibits").

November 20, 2012
Sacramento's Death Grips: Spin's 'Artist of the Year'

Sacramento's Death Grips were named Spin magazine's "artist of the year" on Tuesday, capping a tumultuous year for the brash and critically acclaimed punk-rap group.

Death Grips' recent past includes being dropped by Epic records, scrapping a hotly anticipated tour, releasing two albums -- including one without the approval of its record label and a very NSFW album cover -- and re-mixing a track for Bjork.

Spin magazine's accompanying feature on Death Grips details the band's humble beginnings, including frontman Stefan "MC Ride" Burnett's longtime stint as a busser at Paesano's restaurant, to its very public fight with Epic records.

September 24, 2012
Nevada City makes Outside magazine Best-of List

Magazines thrive on "lists," and Outside magazine's latest compilation -- Best River Towns -- has given a nod to Nevada City.

Credit should go to ... the citizens of Nevada City.

According to the magazine, "a whopping 2,539 people -- 83 percent of the populace -- cast their ballots for this tiny hamlet on the edge of the Tahoe National Forest."

Interesting, though: Many of the features that garnered Nevad a City attention aren't technically in the town proper: the Yuba River, the Tahoe National Forest, the Sugar Bowl ski resort.

But, hey, all of those attractions are close enough.

By the way, Sacramento did not get recognized as a top "river town," but it did get a tiny mention as a "write-in candidate."

September 7, 2012
Multi-cultural center opens on Del Paso Boulevard

A multi-cultural community center will open Saturday with a celebration on Del Paso Boulevard.

Fusion International Arts Center opens in the building at 501 Arden Way, which once was home of LIMN furniture.

Saturday's celebration starts at 11 a.m. and continues through 6 p.m. with international arts and crafts exhibits, entertainment and food trucks. Admission is free.

Organizers of the non-profit Fusion center say it will showcase local artists through music, dance and art with the hope of nurturing understanding among diverse cultures.

Bee staff

July 30, 2012
CIM Registration Increase Deadline Approaching

The California International Marathon, which will celebrate its 30th running this December, reported that registration is ahead of last year's pace, when the race sold out in late October.

Runners wanting to register at the $105 fee have until Aug.1 at 11:59 p.m. to enter. After that, the race entry jumps to $125.

The field is limited to 8,000 participants.

For more information, click here.

July 26, 2012
Trail work focus of Tahoe event

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association is organizing a Backcounty Trails Camp next weekend (Aug. 10-12), near Barker Pass on the west side of Tahoe.

Cost to join the trail building and maintenance crew is $55 for the weekend to cover food provided for participants. Long pants and long-sleeved T-shirt are recommended, along with boots and work gloves. The TRTA will provide all necessary trail-building equipment.

For more information, click here or call (775) 298-0232.  

July 19, 2012
Celebrate Smokey in Solano

smokey.jpgIt's Smokey the Bear's birthday on Aug. 4, and Solano County is marking the event with a fun and educational celebration at Lake Solano.

Led by docent Barbara Cooper, with help from the Vacaville Fire Department, the "birthday party" for the forest service mascot will feature a detailed history of Smokey as a safety icon and a presentation of tools used to battle forest fires by Vacaville firefighters.

The event will start at 10 a.m. at the Lake Solano Nature Center, 8685 Pleasants Valley Road in Winters. Though the event is free, parking is $5. For more information, email

July 18, 2012
Crocker Museum brings back "Pay What You Wish Sunday"

By Richard Chang

Heads up! Free Sunday admission is returning to the Crocker Art Museum. The program, known as "Pay What You Wish Sunday" will be subsidized by Western Health Advantage, an insurance company. The third Sunday of each month will now be free to the public.

"We are proud to support the Crocker Art Museum because supporting the arts is a core area of emphasis in our giving guidelines as well as a personal passion for many of our employees," Western Health Advantage CEO Gary Maisel said in a statement.

The Crocker Art Museum discontinued the "Pay What You Wish Sunday" because of a lack of funding.

June 29, 2012
La Raza Galeria Posada gets grant from oil refiner....

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It's not everyday that a local arts nonprofit gets a grant from an oil company.

But that's exactly what happened when the arts gallery and multicultural center La Raza Galería Posada received a $5000 sponsorship check from Phillips 66.

The sponsorship will benefit the center's 2012-2013 Academia de la Artes Education Program.

In a written statement, Phillips 66 representative Don Petty said: "We believe in investing in the communities where we operate, supporting organizations focused on education, health & safety, and the environment."

June 29, 2012
Lake Solano to Hold Fishing Seminar

To honor California Free Fishing Day, the Lake Solano Nature Center will hold a fishing seminar, led by docent Barbara Cooper, on Saturday, July 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. The event is free; parking is $5. 

In addition to fishing at Lake Solano and Putah Creek, visitors will learn the difference between a salmon and a steehead, as well as other fishy facts. 

Though fishing licenses on July 7 are free, all other regulations (bag and size limit, gear specifications) are in place. Lake Solano Nature Center is located at 8685 Pleasanta Valley Road in Winters. 

For more information, call (707) 432-0150, ext. 200.   

June 15, 2012
Tahoe City Trail to open Thursday
It may only be the length of a single mile, but the opening next week of the Tahoe City Lakeside Trail will serve to link a larger trail system heretofore left uncompleted.

At 2 p.m. Thursday at Jake's on the Lake (780 North Lake Boulevard), a ribbon cutting will be held for the new segment of a project that has taken 11 years to complete. This segment connects the North Shore Trail, the West Shore Trail and the Truckee River Trail. Before the project was completed, pedestrians and cyclists had to traverse a busy roadway to link to other parts of the trail.

One reason for the delay, according to the Public Utilities District, is that the land was split between public and private jurisdiction.

Another ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. June 24 on the trail. More than 1,000 people will line the trail in a "human chain."

For more information on the trail, call (530) 583-3796.
June 6, 2012
Running Western States 100 for charity

willy.jpgRunners tackle the annual Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run for any number of reasons -- including "because it's there" -- but many have helped raise funds for charities along the way.

One such runner is Willy Onate, who works at the Sacramento Childrens Home Family Reource Center, founded in 1867. Onate, who will be running his first Western States on June 23, said he hopes raise more than $3,000 for the organization that helps abused children and provides other family services.

He said he came up with the idea after participating in a charity climb up Mount Shasta in 2010. "It took us two tries, but we made it to the summit," Onate writes in a release. "I said to myself that if I ever got a chance to run the Western States 100, I would dedicate it to the Sacramento Children's Home Family Resource Centers."

To donate, click here.

June 4, 2012
ACC Park City celebrates 10th anniversary

The Asian Community Center's Park City site -- which houses a host of community-based services for older adults -- will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a health fair on Saturday.

The fair will include a blood and bone marrow drive, tai chi and hula lessons, a variety of senior services vendors, a sake ceremony and Asian art exhibit. Bill Tom, winner of the statewide Aging Services of California volunteer services award, will make an appearance at the fair.

The services offered at ACC's Park City site include transportation, caregiver respite programs, utilities education and wellness classes.

The fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 7375 Park City Dr. in Sacramento. For more information, call (916) 394-6399 ext. 139.

June 1, 2012
Citrus Town Center features Summer Night Concerts

By Genny Howe

Bring a camp chair and listen to dance hits by Tragically White performing 6-8 p.m. Saturday as part of the Citrus Town Center Summer Night Concerts series. The lineup includes Dave Russell (country), June 16; Pinkie Rideau and Blind Resistance (blues), July 7; The Indestructibles ('80s), July 21; Shadia (soul/funk), Aug. 4; Four Barrel (classic rock), Aug. 18; The Funky Blue Devils (blues), Sept. 1; and PointDexter (rock), Sept. 15. The concerts will be held 6-8 p.m. at Citrus Town Center, Greenback Lane and Sunrise Boulevard, Citrus Heights. Admission is free. For more information, (916) 489-4600.

May 31, 2012
Sacramento Philharmonic announces new season plans


The announcement of a 2012-13 season is the first step taken by the Sacramento Philharmonic in the wake of its success raising a must-have $150,000 over a five week period that ended May 15.

Prior to raising the funds the orchestra's board of directors was contemplating outright closure or a cancelled season because of financial woes earlier this year.

The new season begins Sept. 29 with "Viva la Musica" a concert offering a wide range of music from Latin America. Americas music specialist Polly Ferman will appear as will bandoneonist JP Jofre.

May 24, 2012
Natomas Rose Garden hosts mixer, seeks business

Business will be blooming this evening at Sacramento's newest public rose garden.

From 5:30 to 7 p.m., the Natomas Rose Garden will host members of the Natomas Chamber of Commerce at a business mixer. Besides an opportunity for networking, the setting will try to sell itself with hundreds of roses in full bloom.

Located at 2921 Truxel Road, the garden is adjacent to the South Natomas Library and Community Center and was designed to host outdoor events, such as weddings, parties and community get-togethers.

Staffed by all volunteers, the Natomas Rose Garden debuted in May 2008 with sections dedicated to veterans and historical roses. The garden features more than 500 bushes.

For rental information, call (916) 808-1571 or click on

May 23, 2012
Live local music on a budget at Sacramento County Fair

The Sacramento County Fair often gets overshadowed by that other Cal Expo fair, the one for the whole state. But the county fair, running Thursday-May 28, offers plenty of enticements beyond livestock and carnival rides.

Thursday afternoon and evening, local bands Hot Tar Roofers, The Generals, Walking Spanish and Dog Party will play on the community stage as part of the fair's Community Night.

There also will be a classic car show and food trucks including Drewski's and Wicked 'Wich.

That's more entertainment than you can shake a stick at, or lead a pig with, and all for just $5 for adults. Children 12 and younger are free.

Parking, however, is $10 at Cal Expo. So pile into a van, band style, or find another way to get to Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento.

For information, see the county fair's website.

May 21, 2012
Ultramarathoner to run for Loomis School District

RB 24 Hour Run 3.JPGGreg Bomhoff, the Granite Bay ultramarathoner who in the past has completed the Badwater Ultra in Death Valley to raise funds for his children's school, will embark on a 24-hour run on Thursday to benefit the Loomis School District.

This will be the second time Bomhoff has run for 24 hours at Franklin School. He ran 128.75 miles in a 24-hour period in 2010. This time, there will be considerably more hoopla. Bomhoff will run to all seven Loomis schools, where there will be assemblies featuring him, during his jaunt. Gordon Medd, the Loomis school superintendent, will accompany Bomhoff to the seven schools. There also will be a 24-hour relay in tandem with his attempt, as well as two communtiy fun runs.

Most activities, including the 6 a.m. Thursday start, will occur at Franklin Elementary in Loomis at 7050 Franklin School Road (off Laird Road). 

For more information about the charity run, or to sign up for a 5K, click here.    

May 18, 2012
Registration Opens for Annual 'Rex Ride'


Rex2012.gifRegistration is now open for the annual summer bicycle jaunt, the Rex Ride, along the American River Parkway on Sunday, June 10.

The ride, sponsored by Rex Cycles, a bicyclemaker in Sacramento, supports the American River Parkway Foundation. It's a 60-mile noncompetitive ride that begins at William Pond Recreation Area, goes to Discovery Park, then all the way to Beal's Point in Folsom, before heading back to William Pond. There will beaid stations at William Pond, Discovery Park and Beal's Point.

And, of course, riders do not have to complete all 60 miles to enjoy the post-ride barbecue at the starting point. 

Cost is $75, which includes a T-shirt, and registration concludes June 1. To register to get more informatiion, click here.  

May 16, 2012
4-Day AIDS ride starts Thursday at Folsom Lake

As many as 150 cyclists will gather tomorrow at 7 a.m. at Folsom Lake to embark on a four-day ride to raise money and awareness.

The annual NorCal AIDS Cycle will cover 330 miles through the Sierra foothills and Central Valley. Each participant has raised at least $1,500 for AIDS education and research. Among the participants will be Sacramento City Councilman Jay Schenirer, who will present a proclamation from the city before tomorrow's start.

For more information on the fund-raising effort and the route of the course, click here.

May 15, 2012
Japanese Festival Coming to Placerville

The Wakamatsu Festival, honoring traditional Japanese cultural, will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony Farm at941 Cold Springs Road in Placerville.

All aspects of Japanese culture will be featured, including a sushi making display by celebrity chef Taro Arai, a samurai sword demonstration, sake tasting, a taiko drum performance and origami making.

 The Wakamatsu Farm, established in 1869, is widely believed to be the first permanent Japanese colony in the continental United States. The 272-acre ranch was recently acquired by the American River Conservancy to preserve the site's cultural and natural resources.

For details and to purchase tickets ($15 for adults, $7 for children ages 10 to 18, under-10 is free) click here.

May 14, 2012
Lots of Activities at Sacramento County Fair

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The Sacramento County Fair, which takes place May 24-28 at Cal Expo, has adopted the theme "Let's Eat, Have Fun & Celebrate the Red, White, & Blue" this year. 

And what's more red, white and blue than a corn dog eating contest? 

Yes, that's one of the highlights, along with other All-American acitivites such as a demolition derby, a street hot road show and bull riding.

Cost is $5 for adults. Children under 12 are free. Click here to purchase tickets.  


May 11, 2012
New trail race to benefit Type 1 diabetes
Northern California has more than its share of trail races. But a new one that will take place on May 19, called the Coloma River Run, will have several unusual twists:

• It will be a charity trail race, benefitting Type 1 diabetes.

• And it will be held at Cronan Ranch, trails that were opened to the public only last year and that have not been previously been used for trail races.

The run, which features 5K, 10K and 10-mile distances, benefits the Northern California Inland chapter of JDRF, the diabetes organization focused on Type 1 diabetes. It will start at 8 a.m. in Lotus and the Cronan Ranch trailhead. Cost is $45.

"Runners are looking forward to the challenging terrain and breathtaking views," said Roger Leasure III, a JDRF board member, and ultra-runner, said in a prepared statement. "It's a hidden gem 40 miles east of Sacramento off Highway 49."

To register, click here.
April 26, 2012
Davis to host Bike Loopalooza


Davis, which in the past has come up with novel bicycle events such as a Guinness record for a bike parade and a Grand Fondo, will be hosting a Bike Loopalooza on May 6. 

Actually, it's the third year for the Loopalooza, which showcases the city's network of paved bike trails that especially loops the city. As in previous years, there will be 10 "stations" along the route where bike riders can get their "passports" stamped, go through a bike safety course and also maybe score a Clif Bar and some water. For more details, such as locations of the stations and times, click here

The event is held in May to highlight the national Biking Month. 

But, really, every month in biking month in Davis, isn't it?

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April 24, 2012
Scottish Games: Kilt Without the Guilt


KG SCOTTISH FEST 1.JPGMen in kilts, haggis and bagpipers. What's not to love about the Scots?

Make up your own mind this weekend, when those Robert Burns-loving Scotsmen and women -- and those who just want to pretend to be Scottish so as to wear a kilt -- descend on Woodland for the Sacramento Valley Scottish Games and Festival.

The event will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Yolo County Fairgrounds at 1125 East Street, Woodland. Daily admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (60 and over) and $6 for youths.

In addition to music and sporting events such as the hammer throw, you can trace your Scottish roots. More information here.   

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April 18, 2012
Loopin' in Loomis


loomisart.jpgNine years running, art lovers have flocked to the foothills for the Loomis Art Loop Open Studio Mother's Day Weekend Tour.

This year, the tour will run May 12 and 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thirteen artists from five local studios will be displaying work. Many of the artists will be working while visitors admire their creations.

The first stop, 3578 Silver Ranch Road in Loomis, will feature refreshments, including a chocolate fountain. More information here.  

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April 17, 2012
Picnic Day is Saturday in Davis

By Timothy Sandoval

UC Davis holds its annual Picnic Day Saturday. The event, meant to showcase university programs, turned into a rowdy drunk fest in recent years. A heavy police presence curtailed violence last year. This year, officials have expanded a downtown safety zone with enhanced penalties for crimes like urinating in public. Other measures will also be used to enhance safety as well. Several events on the campus will also be held before the events on Saturday.

More info about the school's events can be found at

April 13, 2012
Clean Up the River Parkway


20110503_LS_PARKWAY331.JPGSacramentans are being asked to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 21 by helping to tidy up the area's recreational crown jewel -- the American River Parkway.

The annual clean up sponsored by the American River Parkway Foundation will be held at seven sites from 9 a.m. to noon. The sites: Discovery Park, Northgate at Highway 160, Howe at La Riveria, Watt at La Riveria, Ancil Hoffman Park, William Pond Recreation Center and Sunrise at South Bridge Street.

To register as a volunteer, visit or call the ARPF
at (916) 486-2773. 

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April 2, 2012
Sierra College creates museum guide

By Sam McManis

Sierra College's electronic journal, called "The Journal of the Sierra College Natural History Museum," has just published a new issue with a valuable resource for history buffs - a directory of about 200 museums, libraries and other cultural organizations in the Sierra Nevada region.

Seventeen California counties, including Sacramento, are represented in the journal, accompanied by a short, explanatory description of the venue, contact information and a photo gallery. It also features a special section highlighting the Sierra College Natural History Museum.

For more information and to purchase the electronic journal, go to or through the college website at

March 24, 2012
Saturday cheer competition raises money for prom

By Carlos Alcala

Organizers of an annual prom for people with disabilities are encouraging people to attend today's all-day cheer competition at Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento.

The Norcal All-Star Alliance competition is partnering with Evening of Dreams, which allows teens and adults with disabilities to participate in activities they might not otherwise get to enjoy, said Michelle Purcell, of Evening of Dreams.

The prom is held in May.

Some cheerleaders with disabilities will also perform at today's' competition, Purcell said.

Tickets for the cheer competition, at 15th and J streets, are $10, cash only.

For more information on the prom, see

March 12, 2012
Girl Scouts turn 100 today, lead Old Sac parade Saturday

Happy birthday, Girl Scouts! Today is the 100th anniversary of the founding of your organization.

The State Capitol will celebrate with - what else? - a proclamation, most likely followed by cookies.

At the start of the assembly's afternoon session today, State Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will be joined by Pamela G. Saltenberger, CEO of the Girl Scouts Heart of Central California chapter, and several local scouts as he presents an official proclamation noting "the Girl Scouts' century-long commitment to building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place," according to his office.

Modesto's Girl Scout office (3621 Forest Glenn Drive, Modesto) will host a private party for members at 5 p.m. tonight.

At 1 p.m. Saturday, 100 Girl Scouts - dressed in their green uniforms - will lead Old Sacramento's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Sacramento scout leaders also are planning a large celebration for members and their families April 28 at Cal Expo.

It's all part of a spring full of activities, commemorating a century of Girl Scouts.

How did it get started? On March 12, 1912, founder Juliette Gordon Low gathered 18 girls for the first Girl Scout meeting in Savannah, Georgia. According to scout lore, Low said at that inaugural meeting, "I've got something for the girls of Savannah, and all America, and all the world, and we're going to start it tonight!"

Today, 3.2 million members take part in Girl Scouts and its leadership training. According to the Central Valley chapter, about 29,000 girls and 10,000 volunteers take part in Girl Scouts in the Sacramento, Stockton and Modesto areas.

To learn more, click on

March 6, 2012
Valley oak starts 30,000-tree pledge drive for Sacramento area

This month-long party starts with a single tree in Sacramento, but will lead to an expanded urban forest - by as many as 30,000 trees.

At 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Capitol Park, the Sacramento Tree Foundation will plant a valley oak to kick off its 30th anniversary celebration.

Wednesday - California's annual Arbor Day - also kicks off the foundation's drive to get pledges to plant 30,000 new trees across Sacramento's six-county region.

The valley oak - a symbol of the Sacramento Valley - was the perfect choice for a milestone tree, noted Ray Tretheway, the foundation's executive director.

"It's a native tree to our area, drought tolerant, strong and sturdy," he said of the oak. "It's also a very long-lived tree, which is appropriate."

The anniversary tree will be part of the Capitol's oak grove, located in the park's southeast corner. The planting ceremony will be just off 15th Street near the World Peace Rose Garden.

It will be the first of thousands of new trees to commemorate the foundation's 30th anniversary. In partnership with Greenwise Joint Venture, the foundation will gather tree-planting pledges through April 8 at

The foundation has a head start on its pledge drive, Tretheway said. The Sacramento Municipal Utility District offered 5,000 trees to local parks and schools. The City of Sacramento plans to plant 1,000 trees; the City of Folsom will plant 1,500.

"Those will all be in public places - parks, schools and streets," he said. "We've also had 1,000 pledged by neighborhood associations so far. The Lions Club plans to plant a tree for every member in the area - as many as 1,800. All these things add up; they're really neat."

Tretheway hopes that half of the 30,000 will come from private pledges as more individuals get involved.

To entice that effort, Green Acres Nursery - which has locations in Sacramento, Roseville and Folsom - is offering a free tree-planting kit with every 15-gallon shade tree sold. In addition, Green Acres will donate 10 trees to the campaign for every 100 sold.

To learn more, click on or call (916) 924-8733.

February 11, 2012
Sacramento comedy club hosts benefit for vet's baby

An upcoming comedy night in Old Sacramento will help a baby with serious health problems.

Laughs Unlimited will host a benefit Feb. 26 for Harlow Crisamore and Hope 4 Harlow, a non-profit fund set up to provide medical equipment for the 11-month-old girl, who was born with cerebral palsy. Blind and epileptic, the baby needs special care.

Harlow is the daughter of Iraq war veteran Sgt. James Crisamore, who was featured along with his family Dec. 26 in The Bee.

Crisamore, who was severely injured while on duty overseas, has campaigned relentlessly for his infant daughter's health needs while trying to cope with his own recovery from a Humvee rollover accident that smashed both hips.

Since the Christmas story in The Bee, Harlow has been in and out of the hospital, Crisamore said. "She was in ICU for 10 days. It's been an ordeal, but she's home now."

Crisamore hopes that the comedy show in Harlow's honor can become a semiannual event.

"Laughs Unlimited is a very generous organization," he said. "They're giving us the floor and sponsoring Harlow for the fund-raiser. They're doing a wonderful thing for the community. Not enough people out there are like that."

Raffle donations are now being accepted for the Feb. 26 event, which includes live music from 3 to 6 p.m. and a comedy show at 7 p.m.

Tickets are a $15 donation and available from Laughs Unlimited's reservation hot line at (916) 446-5905 or online at The club is located at 1207 Front St., Sacramento.

For more about Harlow and the Crisamores, click on

September 28, 2011
Casino Gala and Fashion Show to raise money for former foster children

The Foster Youth Education Fund of Sacramento is celebrating its 10th anniversary with two fundraising events -- a Casino Night Gala and a Casino Royale Fashion Show.

The organization is hoping to raise $100,000 to support foster youth who become too old for the foster care system. These young men and women typically have no support system in place to help them to pursue their dreams after high school.

The Casino Night Gala is scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 6 at the California Chamber of Commerce's Esquire Building.

The Casino Royale Fashion Show, in which current and former foster youth strut their stuff on the runway, is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. at the California State University, Sacramento, Ballroom, 6000 J St.

Tickets to the gala are $100 per person and $150 per couple. Tickets to the fashion show are $25 for adults and $15 for children and students.

To purchase tickets in advance, email Tickets will also be available at the door.

To make a tax-deductible donation, contact the organization at Foster Youth Education Fund, 3323 Watt Ave., Suite 253, Sacramento 95821.

For more information about the organization, go to

September 19, 2011
Project SAVE 9th Annual Golf Tournament Oct. 3

The 9th Annual Project SAVE Golf Tournament is teeing off at 9 a.m. Monday Oct. 3 at the Catta Verdera Country Club in Lincoln.

The tournament is the main source of funding for Project SAVE (Safe Alternatives and Violence Education), a non-profit organization started in 1998 to educate and support children drawn to violence in schools.

Since its creation, the organization has helped 2,500 Sacramento County youth after they are expelled from school for violent behaviors. According to Project SAVE, nine out of 10 of these students do not resort to violence at school again.

The tournament check-in will begin at 8 a.m. followed by the "shotgun" start at 9 a.m. After the tournament, a short luncheon will be held.

The event is still looking for participants, tournament hosts, contest sponsors, individual hole sponsors, volunteers and door prize donations.

The entry fee is $150 per person or $600 for a group of four. For information about registering for the tournament, contact Cheryl Raney at (916) 228-2201. For information about Project SAVE, visit the Sacramento County Office of Education's website at

August 31, 2011
Third Annual Community Health Fair Coming Sept. 10

The 3rd Annual Franklin Boulevard Community Health Fair providing free health services and community resources to local families is here again.

The fair will be held Sat. Sept. 10, 2011 between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. at The Church of the Nazarene at 4405 Franklin Blvd. in Sacramento to

The church has teamed up with Kaiser doctors and nurses and SMUD to provide health screenings, vaccinations, and check ups to under-insured families in the Sacramento area.

In addition, there will be workshops about buying a home, avoiding foreclosure, and finding a job along with door prizes including backpacks and a bicycle.

For more information about the event, contact John Perez at (916) 600-5804.

August 31, 2011
Calling Big Brothers, Organization Needs Volunteers and Donations

Sacramento's Big Brothers Big Sisters organization is seeking 100 adult male volunteers to serve as new Big Brothers for the more than 100 boys in the area in need of a mentor.

Through their "100 Men, $100k, 100 Days" campaign, the organization is hoping to raise awareness and funds for the program, which is seriously lacking both human and financial resources.

Between Aug. 22, and Nov. 30 Big Brothers Big Sisters staff and volunteers will be holding events, one-on-one meetings, and going door-to-door to draw new volunteers and donations for the organization.

For more information or to get involved, contact Big Brothers Big Sisters at (916) 646-9300.


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